Interdisciplinary Program


As of February 9th, we have revised the INDS PhD application process to include an application packet* in order to streamline and standardize the process.  This application packet contains a checklist of required materials and associated instructions. All materials must be received no later than March 1st, 2016 (an extension to submit materials has been granted until March 15th PROVIDED that your UAF Application for Admission through UAOnline is  received by the original March 1st deadline) for your application to be considered for fall of 2016 (NOTE: October 1st is the Spring 2017 deadline and you must use the new application packet).  Questions about the process can be directed to Dr. Barbara Adams at or Laura Bender at

*NOTE:  If you've already submitted an application for fall 2016 pursuant to previous requirements, please note that it will still be considered, as long as it is complete.  (In other words, there is no need to revise your materials to include the new paperwork requirements). 



Students applying to an Interdisiciplinary Master's must submit the following:

  • An application for admission via by March 1st for Fall 2016 and October 1st for Spring 2017
  • Submit three letters of reference that address the academic qualifications for the degree program to which you are applying. Reference letters must be dated not earlier than one year prior to the date of application to the INDS program. Reference letters should specifically address the applicant's qualifications to pursue a Master's degree at UAF.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA*),
  • Current C.V. or resume,
  • A proposed Graduate Study Plan (GSP)  The courses proposed in the GSP must reflect the interdisciplinary nature appropriate for the degree. Each proposed committee member, your proposed advisor, the department head, and the dean of your proposed advisor must sign the proposed GSP. Without these signatures the proposed GSP is void. The proposed GSP is for admission review purposes only. INDS applicants must include a current curriculum vita of the proposed major advisor with the application.
  • Statement of academic goals, indicating why you want an interdisciplinary graduate degree.  Include your qualifications and educational experience.
  • Official GRE scores* from within the last 5 years with scores at 50% or higher in two of the three test fields (GMAT equivalent),
  • Submit a concise research proposal (in addition to the Statement of Academic Goals). Your research proposal provides an overview of your proposed plan of work, including the general scope of your project, your basic research questions, hypothesis, specific aims, research methodology, expected outcomes, the overall significance of your study, and the linkages to the academic disciplines of the proposed INDS program. Essentially. your proposal explains what you want to study, how you will study this topic, why this topic needs to be studied, and (generally) when you intend to do this work. The research proposal and the statement of academic goals are important in the committee's evaluation process and hence must be the work of the applicant. It is appropriate and necessary to consult with the proposed major advisor about the overall research objectives, particularly if the work will be part of a funded project. 
  • INDS applicants are instructed that their proposed major advisor must review and approve their completed application, including the statement of research goals, before it is submitted to the Graduate School. The INDS Proposed Graduate Study Plan includes the statement:  "I have reviewed the proposed INDS [Master's/PhD] Graduate Study Plan submitted by this applicant and agree to serve as the major advisor to this applicant if he/she is admitted...", with a signature line for the proposed major advisor. This signature must be obtained before the application will be reviewed.

Admissions Standard

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or graduate GPA of at least 3.5 if the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.
  • GRE scores are required for admission to the Interdisciplinary Program. Most students admitted to the interdisciplinary graduate degree program receive GRE scores above the 50th percentile.
  • TOEFL = 80 (Internet-based exam), 213 (electronic exam) or 550 (paper exam) is required if an applicant is not a citizen of the U.S. and requires an F-1 visa.  the IELTS may be substituted in some cases. Minimum score is 6.5.

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